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Jan 4, 2017

Mysterious radio signal traced to dwarf galaxy 3 billion light-years away

Posted by in category: space

A mysterious signal that has confounded scientists for years has been traced to a spot in the sky more than 3 billion light-years away.

Almost a decade after the first fast radio burst (FRB) was discovered, an international team of researchers has pinpointed the origin of one such signal as a dwarf galaxy in the pentagon-shaped constellation Auriga.

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Jan 4, 2017

Evolution Chart Bacteria to humans in only 3.5 Billion years

Posted by in category: evolution

A .gif image. Evolution Chart Bacteria to humans in only 3.5 Billion years.

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Jan 4, 2017

The Transhumanist Paradox [33c3]

Posted by in categories: biological, government, robotics/AI, transhumanism

“I’m a political theory researcher at Sciences Po, and this talk draws on modern political theories of liberalism, the latest transhumanist literature, and ancient Greek theories of the good life.”

The Transhumanist Paradox.

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Jan 4, 2017

Astronomers Pinpointed the Location of Multiple Weird Radio Bursts Beyond Our Galaxy

Posted by in category: alien life

Fast radio bursts, powerful pulses of radio energy of unknown cosmic origin, are a source of endless fascination to astronomers and alien conspiracy theory fodder to everybody else. But while most FRBs discovered to date are one-off events—a single chirp in the interstellar void, if you will—these phenomena got more interesting last year when astronomers discovered the very first FRB signal that repeats. Now, they’ve pinpointed its location.

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Jan 4, 2017

These Futurists And Urban Farmers Are Figuring Out How To Farm On Mars

Posted by in categories: food, space, sustainability

The Mars Farm Odyssey group is thinking of non-NASA-approved solutions for making sure our colonists on the red planet have food (and weed).

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Jan 4, 2017

Costa Rica Went 250 Days in 2016 Without Burning Any Fossil Fuels

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

READ THAT. It can be done.

A round of applause for Costa Rica: the small Central American country ran solely on renewable energy for 250 days of 2016, and over the whole year used renewables for 98.12 percent of its electricity needs.

The republic uses a mixture of renewable sources to generate its electricity including hydro, geothermal, wind, biomass, and solar energy, which meant it didn’t need to touch fossil fuels for two-thirds of the year.

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Jan 4, 2017

DeepMind and Blizzard to release StarCraft II as an AI research environment

Posted by in categories: entertainment, robotics/AI

Announcing DeepMind’s collaboration with Blizzard Entertainment to open up StarCraft II to AI and ML researchers around the world.

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Jan 4, 2017

A cure for ageing is near but you probably can’t afford it

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

The race is on to develop anti-ageing treatments, but will they really work? And if they do, will only the rich be to defy the ravages of time?

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Jan 4, 2017

Artificial Intelligence is Helping Restore Vision

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health, robotics/AI

In Brief

  • Microsoft is partnering with a prestigious eye hospital in India to help perfect AI powered computer diagnostics to the field of ophthalmology.
  • Artificial intelligence is continually making great strides to integrate more in various healthcare settings, hopefully increasing the quality and availability of patient care.

According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 285 million people are visually impaired, with 39 million living with blindness and the other 246 million having low vision.

In a world of modern technological advancements, visual impairment has been the subject of much medical research. Perhaps the most notable among these are those that use artificial intelligence (AI), specifically through machine learning. Google’s DeepMind has been working with the UK’s National Health Service to do ophthalmology research.

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Jan 4, 2017

Antigravity: Discovering if antimatter falls upwards

Posted by in category: physics

If anything fell upwards, it would rewrite physics textbooks. Amazingly fiddly experiments to test whether antimatter can do just this are kicking off.

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